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Drug Take Back Day

HAMMOND, LA - October 23, 2019 – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces that in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA),the sheriff's office will be participating in the Prescription Drug Take-Back fall event this saturday.

Locally, the event will be held on October 26, 2019, in the parking lot of theTarget at the Hammond Square Mall from 10 - 2 p.m.

At this location, the TPSO will accept any unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal. No liquids will be accepted.

“Safe disposal of the drugs is important for numerous reasons,” states Edwards. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back event addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many residents are not aware when medicines languish in home cabinets they are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in this country are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or tossing them in the trash can – both posing potential safety and health hazards.

We encourage everyone to clean out their medicine cabinets and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse. This will help reduce the addiction and overdose deaths plaguing this country and our parish due to opioid medications.